Joining the ever-growing list of people with strong opinions about a film they have never watched is the Reverend KW Tulloss, the President of the National Action Network (the network with whom Reverend Al Sharpton is associated). They have spoken out in protest of the Django Unchained figurines currently on sale, for $299 for a set of 10, on Amazon.com.
“Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community, Tulloss told New York Daily News. “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don’t want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.” When asked if he had seen the movie, he replied that he hadn’t but he had heard it was “very good.” Another protester who had actually watched the movie and enjoyed it, was still dismayed at the sale of the slave figurines, explaining “I don’t see any dolls representing Hitler that came from Tarantino’s (Holocaust movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’)...I don't see them making dolls of Holocaust survivors who are bald and starving in concentration camps.”
These dolls, of course do not just appeal to children; many adult film buffs collect film memorabilia such as this and Quentin Tarantino movies have a tendency to attract the fanatical moviegoers. That said, there’s something unsettling about the sale of toy slaves, in a box decorated with chains around the outside. It seems that the controversy surrounding Django Unchained won’t be swept under the carpet just yet.